Philippians 1:3-6 I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (NIV)
I read an inspiring story today about a lady and her faith. She has cancer and will die at any time and is at peace with God's timetable. She was majorly challenged by cancer. The challenge was, do you really trust God? She learned that although circumstances may change, God never changes. When she was faced with this challenge she decided that either she would believe every word God says, or none of it because the buck stops with God. There is no higher authority in our lives as Christians. So, her thought process continued with thinking that if she truly trusted God with her life, then how when or why she is to die is none of her business. She realized that she would not die one minute before or after God decides to take her home. Why waste energy fretting? Then the above scripture became so clear: God promised that He will complete the good work He began in her. Her death would only indicate that God finished His work and accomplished His plan. Coming to these conclusions made it possible for this precious lady to walk through years of suffering. She tells people that she is preparing for graduation. Life is as short as a flash of fire and smoke when a piece of paper catches on fire. This lady came to the realization, that since our lives are indeed a flash in the pan compared to eternity, that what we are going through really doesn't matter - it seems so much smaller when you put it in perspective.
So how are we going to live our lives? Will we take this challenge and decide to believe everything God says or nothing He says? God does not want us to be lukewarm or straddle any fences. It is all or nothing for the One who created us, who sent His Only Son to die for us and who loves us unconditionally even when we don't want to be loved.